Senior Staff Engineer, Automation

at Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Location San Diego, California
Date Posted June 21, 2024
Category Engineering
Job Type Permanent


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pSemi Corporation is a Murata company driving semiconductor integration. pSemi builds on Peregrine Semiconductor's 30-year legacy of technology advancements and strong IP portfolio but with a new mission-to enhance Murata's world-class capabilities with high-performance semiconductors. With a strong foundation in RF integration, pSemi's product portfolio now spans power management, connected sensors, optical transceivers, antenna tuning and RF frontends. These intelligent and efficient semiconductors enable advanced modules for smartphones, base stations, personal computers, electric vehicles, data centers, IoT devices and healthcare. From headquarters in San Diego and offices around the world, pSemi's team explores new ways to make electronics for the connected world smaller, thinner, faster and better.

  • Develop robust and scalable software solutions, incorporating new technologies where applicable. Utilize Agile, Scrum, and Kanban methodologies to deliver accurate development time estimates.
  • Focus on the design and development of desktop applications for Windows environments using C#, including integration with APIs and common libraries.
  • Collaborate with the New Product Introduction (NPI) team to deliver sophisticated software solutions that optimize design validation (DV) and characterization processes.
  • Conduct thorough code reviews, providing constructive feedback to enhance software quality and performance.
  • Address complex performance issues and architectural challenges; evaluate and recommend tools, technologies, and processes to ensure the highest quality standards in deliverables.
  • Offer technical expertise in diagnosing and resolving issues, determining and implementing workaround solutions, or escalating to appropriate service owners as necessary.
  • Web development capabilities are advantageous but not essential for this role.

Automated RF IC Test System Design

  • Engage closely with product designers and characterization engineers in the R&D labs to develop precise measurement techniques, from initial specifications to full validation, using automated test platforms.
  • Analyze product specifications to identify unique testing requirements for each specification, ensuring conformity and comprehensive assessment.
  • Automate test procedures to maintain an orderly and synchronous control of test instruments and the Device Under Test (DUT).
  • Select appropriate RF components (filters, circulators, cables, Power Amplifiers, Low Noise Amplifiers) for implementing measurement techniques tailored to meet customer needs.
  • Address non-standard measurement requirements for investigating specific issues, which may involve rapid development of specialized hardware and software automation setups.
  • Perform calibration and Gauge R&R (Repeatability and Reproducibility) exercises to verify the accuracy of measurement platforms and their representation of the DUT.
  • Adapt to high levels of ambiguity and work with incomplete requirements typical of a dynamic R&D environment.

Competency Requirements

In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Critical Thinking : Skilled at finding logical flaws in arguments and plans; identifies problems and solutions that others might miss; provides detailed insight and constructive criticism into problems and complex situations.
  • Working with Ambiguity : Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information.
  • Displaying Technical Expertise : Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others
  • Driving for Results: Aggressively pursues challenging goals and objectives; will put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach toward work
  • Delivering High Quality Work: Critically reviews work processes to ensure quality; addresses problems that could impact quality; makes sure project deliverables and services meet all requirements and expectations; does not make the same mistakes twice.

Minimum Qualifications (Experience and Skills)

  • Typically requires 8 to 12 years related experience depending on education level and experience
  • Familiar with making both manual and automated measurements using the following equipment: Network Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers, Signal Generators, Power Meters, Oscilloscopes, and Power Supplies.
  • Programming Skills
    • High proficiency with an object-oriented programming language, preferably C#.
    • Experience with NI LabVIEW, NI TestStand, and C/C++
  • Measurement Expertise
    • Capable of automating measurements for EVM, ACLR, Harmonics, Compression, IMD, Linearity, Noise Figure, Spurious, and Phase Noise
  • Digital Interface Protocols
    • Knowledgeable in at least one of the following protocols: MIPI RFFE, I2C, SPI.
  • Software Development Experience
    • Over 10 years in software development/architecture with a solid understanding of design patterns, data structures, test-driven development, backend systems, infrastructure, databases, and APIs.
    • Experience in RF IC Test System Automation Projects.
  • Technical Leadership
    • Ability to analyze RF systems for accurate measurement of large signal RF front ends.
    • Skilled in technical leadership, mentoring, and development of junior engineers.
  • Productivity Software and OS
    • Proficient with Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, Microsoft Teams, and operating systems including Windows 7/10 and Linux.
  • Communication and Collaboration
    • Exceptional collaboration and communication skills, capable of working effectively across distributed teams.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in GitLab source control system
  • ASP .Net Core, Angular, SQL, WPF, and REST
  • Proven experience in project management, including familiarity with project management tools and software such as Microsoft Project and Agile project management methodologies.
  • Relevant industry certifications such as Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD), Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA), or Professional Engineer (PE) certification are highly desirable.
  • A track record of publications or presentations in recognized industry journals or conferences related to RF engineering, test automation, or software development.
  • Experience working in cross-functional teams and interfacing with hardware, software, and quality assurance departments to streamline processes and enhance productivity.

Education Requirements

  • BS Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Equivalent; MSEE preferred.

This job operates in a professional office environment and follows a hybrid work model, requiring four days in the office per week and allowing one day of remote work from home. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

USD 167 502.45 per year

pSemi Corporation supports a diverse workforce and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees. pSemi does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions or breastfeeding), gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver's license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally-protected medical condition, military or veteran status (including "protected veterans" under applicable affirmative action laws), marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal laws applicable to the Company. pSemi also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that an employee or applicant has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Note: The Peregrine Semiconductor name, Peregrine Semiconductor logoand UltraCMOS are registered trademarks and the pSemi name, pSemi logo, HaRP andDuNE are trademarks of pSemi Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies . click apply for full job details

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